Putin warns of retaliation if US deployed missiles in Europe

  • Date of Publication : 21/02/2019 at 10:35 GMT
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the United States against deploying intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe, saying his country will target the US itself and not just the countries where those missiles are stationed.

In his annual address to Federal Assembly on Wednesday, Putin said Russia was not seeking confrontation and would not take the first step to send missiles in response to Washington’s decision earlier this month to withdraw from a historic Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty.

However, he warned of a “resolute” reaction to any deployment, saying the US policy-makers, some of whom he said were obsessed with US exceptionalism, should calculate the risks before taking any steps.

“It’s their right to think how they want. But can they count? I’m sure they can. Let them count the speed and the range of the weapons systems we are developing,” Putin said.

“Russia will be forced to create and deploy types of weapons which can be used not only in respect of those territories from which the direct threat to us originates, but also in respect of those territories where the centers of decision-making are located.”

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